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  1. This is outstanding - wonderful detail and rigging! Great photos, too. I can see all the black colour that you dropped around the model...
  2. Such a wonderful collection! You really chose a colorful subject for this journey. Everyone is beautifully built.
  3. Looks wonderful! Great job on the old (Monogram) girl. Mine is from 2000 (here), and I didn't spend enough time on the cowlings. I admire what you've done there.
  4. Great model! The uncovered engine lends extra authenticity. Unfortunately, it was shot down a couple of months later by 'Bee' Beeson of the 4th FG here. (Fictitious )
  5. Great job on this classic kit! Makes me want to restore my build of 1987. There's a lot that can be done about those basic kits nowadays with all the aftermarket stuff - as you proved. And it's a lot of fun.
  6. Great-looking Pacific Mustang! For me, as an 8AF P-51 modeller, these 'unusual' colour schemes look exotic. Really nice work. I just bought an Eduard P-51D in the standard box. Had a look at the contents that look fine to me but I haven't start yet. I was impressed by the many favourite comments about the kit - not fully justified?? The Airfix product doesn't convince me because of the oversized rivets and cowling fasteners. So, maybe Tamiya is still the best value for money? Their parts fit is outstanding. Cheers, Michael
  7. Huh, a Monogram! Pretty model Gary, so clean - that's how mine looked in the eighties, too. I've stepped back a bit recently from heavy panel washes. The build should speak for itself, and your Falcon tells a nice story about modelling fads* in the course of time. * never knew or used that word before...
  8. Thanks for that Mike. I liked the method of pushing the Jeeps out of the water hole in video 2 minute 6.
  9. One word: Inredible! I don't know which words of praise would be appropriate.
  10. I didn't know that! Interesting idea but it would have raised the casualty rate even higher... You did a great conversion here.
  11. Very very exciting. I love this scheme so superbly replicated in this small scale!
  12. Wow - now that we seem to get entangled in the maze of marking details let me add to the confusion by referring two recent publications on the subject. Nick Millman (A6M Zero Aces, Osprey, 2019) describes two of Sakai's potential Zeros: (1) V-103 (white) with a blue diagonal stripe and a red tail bar that he used in the Dutch East Indies in early 1942, and (2) V-128 (black) with a blue diagonal stripe and a white tail bar at Rabaul in August 1942. The other (Rabaul) V-103 (Black) with a red diagonal stripe and white tail bar was - according to Nick - erroneously attributed to Sakai because of the same tail number. Ruffato / Claringbould (Eagles of the Southern Sky, 2012), to which Nick contributed colours and markings, list the Chutai and Shotai colour affiliations. According to this source the three Shotai within a Chutai were identified by one coloured tail bar (white - yellow - red, but no blue). Two (!) blue tail bars were reserved for the Chutai-cho. This is in obvious contradiction to Nick's colour profile 22 in the afore-mentioned book. It appears that Sakai was a member of the 2nd Chutai (blue diagonal stripe) and usually flew the 1st Shotai-cho position in Rabaul, but depending on the daily mission roster he also occupied other positions. In this case it was customary to change the plane to the one with the appropriate markings. As there is only very little photo evidence that refers to specific pilots much of this excellent research remains conjectural. For anybody interested in the Tainan Kokutai and Saburo Sakai I warmly recommend those two books (and of course Sakai's own book 'Samurai!' with Martin Caiden and Fred Saito, 1957). Cheers, Michael
  13. @alt-92 Yes, but the term Shotai was also used for the later four (and even eight) ship formations.
  14. The article that Stew @Stew Dapple attached is very relevant. The late Jim Lansdale was a renowned Japanese aviation researcher. His colour notations seem largely accurate, too. They concur with Nick Millman's research at aviationofjapan.com. The Japanese fighting element in the first half of the Pacific war was the Vic-formation (one leader, two wingmen). The leader was usually identified by a coloured bar or stripe (the horizontal bar on the tailplane in this case). Therefore formation leaders in both Japanese air services used their same assigned aircraft whenever it was available. Cheers, Michael
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